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Site Allocations Plan Publication Draft

The Site Allocations Plan

The Site Allocations Plan (SAP) identifies sites for housing, employment, retail and greenspace to ensure that enough land is available in appropriate locations to meet the growth targets set out in the Core Strategy. This includes, as appropriate, any onsite requirements developers will be expected to provide, for example greenspace and local infrastructure (roads, schools, and flood storage). It also sets out which sites will come forward at what stage (phasing). The plan is a key document for Leeds. It identifies specific allocations for housing, employment, retail and greenspace from 2012 to 2028.


Publication Draft Consultation Stage

The Site Allocations Plan Publication Draft was subject to formal public consultation for 8 weeks from 22 September until 16 November 2015. A series of Drop in sessions (PDF 39KB) were held during the consultation period. Information and documentation are available at One Stop Centres and Libraries in the district.

At Publication Draft stage comments were sought on ‘soundness’ of the plan. The council produced a guidance note intended to help complete the response form, which briefly explains the test of soundness.

Tests of Soundness as set out in National Planning Policy Framework:

  • Have the plans been positively prepared? Does the plan seek to meet the local needs set out in the adopted Core Strategy for housing, employment, retail and green space?

  • Are the plans justified? Are the allocations, designations and policies the most appropriate compared with the alternatives?

  • Will the plans be effective? Is there information on how the plan will be delivered? Does the plan set out how and when sites will come forward?

  • Is the plan consistent with national policy? The plan should enable the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in the National Planning Policy Framework.

The Publication Draft stage consultation documents can be accessed from the bottom of the page.

The proposed sites, along with site details can viewed from the interactive map link below.



Latest updates

Outer North East Publication Draft Consultation (26thSeptember till 7th November 2016)

Following the withdrawal of new settlement proposal at site MX2-33 Headley Hall by the landowner in September 2015, the City Council reconsulted on the revised proposals for the Outer North East Housing Market Characteristic Area (HMCA). Only the Outer North East HMCA was subject to consultation to bring this part of the plan in line with the rest of the Site Allocations Plan.

The Pre-Submission Changes on the overall Site Allocations Plan are anticipated to be advertised around February 2017.

Consultation Responses

Representations received during the consultation period (September 2015) are now available to view on the Site Allocations Plan Publication Draft Representations page.

19th July 2016 - Development Plan Panel Report​ on consultation outcomes and proposed changes for Outer North East Housing Market Characteristic Areas (HMCA), Gypsy and Traveller sites and General Issues.

28th June 2016 - Development Plan Panel Report on consultation outcomes and proposed changes for Aireborough, North, Outer South East and Outer South West Housing Market Characteristic Areas (HMCA).

14th June 2016 - Development Plan Panel Report on consultation outcomes and proposed changes for City Centre, East, Inner, Outer North West, Outer South and Outer West Housing Market Characteristic Areas (HMCA).

19th January 2016 - Development Plan Panel Report which provides an initial Report of Consultation on next steps. Also provides a summary of the issues emerging from the consultation and the next steps in taking the Plans forward to subsequent stages.​​​


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